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Bold & Beautiful Easy-Sew Clothes: 15 Unstructured Designs That Fit and Flatter Every Shape, and Are Simple to Make Paperback – April 2, 2013
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"For those who fancy that loose linen look, and for women seeking clothing that is both stylish and modest, this book is an absolute godsend, and will be deeply appreciated." ―Publishers Weekly
About the Author
HABIBE ACIKGOZ creates stylish clothes for modern women. Designed to suit all ages and body types, she takes elements of traditional dress from the Ottoman empire and uses them to embellish garments which appeal to women around the world. Habibe was born in Turkey and studied pattern-making and tailoring before moving to London in 2000. After working as a dressmaker for three years, she began designing clothes and selling them at design fairs through specialist boutiques and online.
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So I am really nervous about making the attempt. If I do it, I will probably make it in muslin (rather than the linen recommended ) as a trial and see if I can figure it out. I like the design enough to make the attempt!
The author has spent a lot of time making the book easy to read and as user friendly as possible. It is well laid out. There are instructions referenced throughout the book. The designs are lovely. An experienced sewer would probably have no problems working things out - but for me - with that many skirt pattern pieces, in a complicated design(there are eight front and back curved and flat panels, and those panels are joined to two other panels and then to a yoke and then to hem pieces, more visual aid of some of the construction would be helpful.
There is a CD included that contains all the patterns in various sizes ( a nice touch)
I just wish I could trust the "easy -sew clothes" claim on the front of the book. It certainly is "Bold and Beautiful"
I don't mean to discourage anyone, but these styles are not for beginning sewists. Many have quite a number of pattern pieces. Their complicated shapes mean any lengthening or shortening will likely have to be done in more than one place on each pattern piece. The tunic hems with all the narrow dangling points, the crenellated front closures, the fancy pleated panels, and some other details are just not going to look as neat as the ones in the photos unless you have some experience. And although fabric layouts and basic assembly instructions are given for each pattern, this book does not teach you many of the techniques you'll need. However, intermediate sewists should have no problem.
The patterns are provided not only on a CD, but graphed in the book. The graphs *should* be convenient for people who happen to be about the right size (after all, lagenlook is not close fitting) and don't want to spend a long session accurately taping numerous 8 1/2" inch by 11" inch pieces of paper together before even cutting out. And to people who have somehow lost their CD. However, the graphs are useless because they assume you are enlarging onto pattern paper with 3/4" squares, not 1" squares which is how it's actually printed. The 3/4" squares don't work out to anything even in the metric system either, so don't bother hunting for metric pattern paper as a workaround. Just buy a lot of Scotch tape before you use this book.
One problem not mentioned in other reviews is that neither the book or the CD has "flats". Flats are those technical line drawings that show you how the garment looks, front and back. It's the first thing I look at when I'm deciding on a pattern design. Flats are basic and give you important information you don't get from diagrams of the pattern pieces or photographs of a model wearing the garment. Frankly it's baffling why the author failed to include flats.
Have not yet sewn anything from the book so am currently reserving judgement on the quality of the patternmaking. Without making up a pattern it is difficult to tell whether the pattern pieces are drafted to match as intended.
That said, for the most part the designs in this book are not "simplicity itself to make" primarily because these designs require layout and cutting of from seven pattern pieces (for the simplest garment) up to twenty-six pattern pieces for a gathered skirt. These are not simple layouts; they require experience and precision to layout and cut properly - and that's before you move to the sewing machine.
Armed with experience and dedication to precision these designs may be rewarding projects -- they may not be the best choices for a beginner.
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